USA TodayOkla. tornado death toll could rise
The Daily Oklahoman quotes Carter County Sheriff Ken Grace as saying the death toll from Tuesday night's twisters -- already at 8 -- could rise to 15 as rescuers scour the rubble in the devastated town of Lone Grove, Okla., which took the brunt of the storm. Grace, the newspaper says, was unable to confirm the higher figure until teams could get back into the hardest-hit areas. “It’s just too dangerous,” the newspaper quotes Grace as saying, referring to jagged metal and live wires hidden in debris. “We don’t need to be adding any more injuries to what we already have.” The newspaper also offers a photo gallery of the late-night devastation.
As daylight appeared, rescuers in Lone Grove rescued one woman who was trapped all night. All eight deaths occurred in the small town of 5,000 people south of Oklahoma City, the Associated Press and USA TODAY report.
Tornado watches have been issued Wednesday for Mississippi, north-central Louisiana, southeast Arkansas and parts of Missouri and Tennessee.
(Photos from Oklahoma City; top, by Jim Beckel/Daily Oklahoman/AP; bottom, by David McDaniel/The Daily Oklahoman/AP)